What started as a Hawkeye romp turned into another loss. Iowa took advantage of two early Northwestern fumbles and took a 17-0 lead, but scored just three points over the final three quarters and fell 21-20 Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa dropped to 0-2, while Northwestern improved to 2-0.
Spencer Petras' third-quarter interception led to the winning Wildcats points. Brandon Joseph made the pick at the Iowa 35, then Jesse Brown scored from 2 yards out, his second score of the game.
Petras threw his first career TD pass to Brandon Smith after a Northwestern muffed punt in the first quarter and finished 26 of 51 for 216 yards, a touchdown and three picks.
The Hawkeyes gained 77 yards rushing on 23 attempts. Tyler Goodson had a 15-yard TD run and totaled 43 yards on 13 carries.
For the second straight game, the Hawkeyes had the ball late in the fourth quarter with a chance to take the lead, but turned it over on downs after three straight incomplete passes. Iowa got it back with 1:29 remaining after forcing a three-and-out, but Blake Gallagher picked off a tipped Petras pass.
6:05 3rd: Northwestern 21, Iowa 20
Spencer Petras threw an interception to Brandon Joseph on the first play of Iowa's drive and Northwestern promptly took the lead.
The Wildcats went 35 yards in eight plays, scoring on Jesse Brown's 2-yard run, his second TD of the game.
1:25 2nd: Iowa 20, Northwestern 14
Northwestern's second long, run-dominated scoring drive cut Iowa's lead to six just before the half.
This was a 14-play, 79-yard march for the Wildcats. Twelve plays were rushes, but one of the passes was one of the most important plays. Peyton Ramsey found Kryic McGowan for 12 yards to convert a fourth-and-3.
Jesse Brown capped it with a 1-yard TD run, upping Northwestern's rushing total to 102 yards (4.4 per carry).
7:09 2nd: Iowa 20, Northwestern 7
Keith Duncan converted on a 47-yard field goal attempt with a line-drive kick.
The Hawkeyes drove 37 yards on nine plays, including a 22-yard Spencer Petras pass to Tyrone Tracy.
10:20 2nd: Iowa 17, Northwestern 7
Northwestern put together a 16-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to get on the board in the second quarter.
The Wildcats converted a fourth-and-1 at the Iowa 9 on Jesse Brown's 5-yard run. Then Kyric McGowan scored on a jet sweep from 3 yards out on third-and-goal.
Fourteen of the 16 Northwestern plays on the drive were runs. Only 12 yards came via a complete pass.
1:43 1st: Iowa 17, Northwestern 0
Iowa put together a sustained scoring drive, but ultimately settled for three.
Spencer Petras had Shaun Beyer wide open in the end zone on third-and-2 from the Northwestern 3, but had to rush the throw and it fell short.
Keith Duncan kicked a 22-yard field goal to make it a three-score game. The drive went 61 yards in 13 plays.
8:36 1st: Iowa 14, Northwestern 0
Northwestern fumble. Iowa touchdown. Repeat.
Isaiah Bowser coughed up the Wildcats' second turnover of the game in the first 6 1/2 minutes. Iowa's Zach VanValkenburg recovered at the Northwestern 45.
Three plays later, Tyler Goodson took a draw 15 yards to the end zone.
11:36 1st: Iowa 7, Northwestern 0
Turnovers hurt Iowa badly last week, but the Hawkeyes took advantage of one from their opponent early here.
After a three-and-out on Iowa's first possession, Tory Taylor's 50-yard punt was muffed by Kyric McGowan and recovered by Terry Roberts at the 7.
On the very next play, Spencer Petras hit Brandon Smith for his first career TD pass.
Iowa vs. Northwestern game details
Kickoff time: 2:35 p.m. CT
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